And the Next Rock n Roll Bride Intern is…

It was a hotly contested battle but I’m pleased to announce that after 20,000 votes (!) that the next Rock n Roll Bride intern is…

Congratulations Miss Roo, I very much look forward to getting to know you and sharing your (sure to be) awesome wedding planning story with the readers of Rock n Roll Bride.

Roo & her fiance Lamb are right at the beginning of their wedding planning so I know we’re going to have loads of good stuff to read about! I have to say I’m super excited to see which suppliers they book and all the awesome DIY projects that I’m sure they’re going to get stuck into too…

Roo & I are actually going to meet in actual real life on Wednesday too (and I’m bringing a photographer friend with me to capture it.) I’m so excited!! From what I know about her so far I think she’s all kinds of awesome and we’re going to be BFF’s for sure.

Roo will be writing a monthly column for the blog (for now…maybe more if y’all want it or she comes up with any extra ideas!) which will be posted on the first Monday of each month…and as today is the 1st August I thought I’d throw her in at the deep end by sharing her first post right now.

We are also yet to come up with a nice catchy title for Roo’s posts…like how Alice became Alice in Weddingland…Can you help? Comment below if you’ve got any bright ideas. My idea of “Roo says I Do” made even me want to die inside with it’s cheesiness.

Welly, welly, well. When I sat and wrote my application to Kat a few weeks ago, I of course had hoped, but certainly not expected to be sat addressing you all now as her brand new intern. Lamb actually asked me, “aren’t you excited to have your words and thoughts read by thousands of people?” Let me tell you, the only word for it is ludicrous. Last week’s voting process was both stomach churning and exhilarating, and I’m certain that I’ve accrued several more grey hairs than usual (plus, it wreaked havoc with my quitting-smoking regime).  Besides reading some fabulous words of support from total strangers here on the blog (thank you, each one of you, you gave my ego a fantastic boost) my favourite part of last week by far was getting to “meet” and have a natter with some really outstanding individuals. To name them outright would merely omit the many other outstanding individuals who took the time to read and vote for my application, so I hope my powers of e-telepathy are working today and that you simply know who you are.

Of course, I simply must extend my gratitude first and foremost for Kat. When we heard that the voting had ended, I wrote my immediate impressions on the whole experience to date over at my blog. There, I expressed being humbled by everyone who had faith in me and the vision that Lamb and I have for our wedding; that warm, fuzzy feeling started with Kat from the moment she shortlisted me, and has been an unstoppably-spreading force ever since. I am excited by the prospect of making a new friend in my new “boss”, and by all the doors, windows and cat-flaps of opportunity she could open up for me as I share this dizzying experience with you.

All that remains for me to do is give you a little heads-up on my not-so-distant future posts, and introduce our story properly.

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Angelberry Organics (Enter to Win)

♥ Fashion collaborations ♥ Russell Brand’s Tribute ♥ lightbulb moments ♥ picnics with friends ♥ mini shopping trolleys ♥ strawberry punch ♥ gossiping until way after bedtime ♥ marriage equality ♥ lunchtime celebrations ♥ new box sets ♥ proud friends (and making them cry) ♥ yellow microphones ♥ bad taste in music ♥ remembering that I used to have good taste in music ♥ watching terrible movies with the one you love ♥

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Recent Press – July 2011 (+ Listen to Me on the Radio!)

Where do I even begin with all the press love I’ve received this month? I’m blown away as ever. World domination here I come…

Marie Claire Magazine (UK)

When Marie Claire Magazine contacted me asking if I would like to be profiled in a feature about ‘Super-Bloggers’ I just about fell of my chair. Erm moi? in MARIE CLAIRE!? I might have squealed a little bit…well a lot.

I was interviewed by a journalist where she asked me all about the business, what I do, how I earn my moolah…and all that jazz. I’m thrilled with how the article turned out and I’ve had so much amazing feedback since – including a call from the BBC (see below) and Marie Claire Greece! Watch this space people, watch this space…

In Stores Now

BBC Radio Berkshire

On Thursday I was invited to BBC Radio Berkshire to be interviewed on the Anne Diamond Show. Anne was actually off for the week but we met the very lovely David Prever, who made me feel incrediblly welcome and slightly less nervous than when I first walked in! Gareth came to hold my hand and even he got on air too!

You can listen to the whole interview on the BBC iPlayer, but for my readers not in the UK you can all listen to it thought this little video that Gareth made. Aren’t we good to you?

…and ps yes I giggled a LOT! What was that about!?

Photo Professional Magazine

This month I addressed a question I get asked over and over by photographers, wedding suppliers and other bloggers – how to create a great website. I wanted to share some of my tips on how to make your website stand out from the crowd as well as highlight some pitfalls to avoid (like the plague!)

…twice…

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Alice In Weddingland – A Brighton Seaside-Themed Wedding: Alice & Graham

Now that I’m writing my final ever ‘Alice in Weddingland’ post I really don’t know where to start.  I am now happily married and honeymooned, and it is the best feeling in the world.  So I shall simply relive that amazing day with you, through this article, and hope that I can convey at least some of the magic that the day held for me.  I hope you enjoy this final instalment: Alice in Weddingland got married!

We booked to stay in the hotel the reception was being held in for two nights, one night prior and then the wedding night itself.  Our room was beyond gorgeous: champagne, chocolates and strawberries waiting for us on arrival, and a bed so big it took FIVE pillows to fill it up lengthways.  There was also a lovely sofa, coffee table, and dressing table, which turned out just perfect for when Elbie arrived at 9.30am to do my hair and makeup.  We had done a trial a few weeks earlier so we knew exactly what we were doing, and it took around two hours from start to finish.  During this time Sassy from Assassynation Photography, Frank from Sassy n Frank videography and Andy from Cine8 all arrived and got to work filming my getting ready, and shooting my dress in all manner of positions around the hotel.  When sassy disappeared with my dress I was of course a little nervous, but when I saw the pictures I knew it was all worth it!  I put in a little ban – no photos or filming before my makeup had been done, because it had been an early morning for me, and a late night drinking with our friends the night before!

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Post It Notes – 29th July 2011: Style Ideas & Crediting Correctly

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Photography Credit: Yuna Leonard Photography (Full shoot coming up next week…)

As usual, you guys are a lot better at the weddingy tips that me! I turned to twitter and my facebook page to ask for some of your top wedding planning tips for this week…

@Simply__Elegant Don’t try to do EVERYTHING do the important bits REALLY WELL

@RhianHJ Choose your max budget,then deduct 15%. Always work to the 85% figure then have a little buffer for the things you forgot!

@mrsmandydingle To find your colour scheme, take a colour photo that you love and pick out complimenting shades like this

@cupcakes_london Plan your make-up trial for same day as engagement shoot – pix will look fab & MUA can see how the makeup looks in photos.

@makebelieven Stick to your gut on design. If you have seen it on the blogs it might not be authentically you. Get ideas, don’t copy.

Bekki Cooke – Follow your favourite vendors on Twitter. I have great contact with my venue on there, and have found both my awesome photographers via tweeting as well!

 

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Thursday Treats – 28th July 2011

via: icanhascheezeburger This kitty photo totally sums up my life right now. Be gone negative beings!

Welcome to this week’s bumper edition of Thursday Treats. I have been extra inspired by interweb loveliness this week. I hope you enjoy this mini-diversion, and a delve into a sparkly bloggy pot of…

♥ Body-Positive Blogging and Why We Need It
♥ Angela & Luc’s Handmade Hoopla
♥ Luretta: The Urban Fairyamazing make up inspiration!
♥ A Porcelain Tale inspiration shoot
♥ {Wedding Inspiration} Neon Lights Eff YES!
Diana + Josh’s wedding the dress! the dress!
Phi-Style: Long + Layered Necklaces
♥ Seattle DIY Boathouse Wedding
Katie + Matt’s Artistic Love Shoot
♥ Super Mario Bros. Wedding Inspiration

Photography Credit: Lehua Noëlle Faulkner

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